Located in the dusty parking lot of the Green Light Garage which is situated at the innermost cradle of Eagle Harbor, is an old-timey billboard – next to a creek, behind a dumpster. But before we get to the billboard, let’s first consider the implausible existence of an auto repair business on coveted waterfront property; a throwback to a bygone, free-wheeling, less regulated era on Bainbridge Island. Its enduring presence perhaps reassures us, not quite everything has changed but of course, so much has. Even the repair shop changed hands several years ago when it was purchased by the Allen family. Sons Nick and Baxter work at the garage and although their mom, Alison (Ali) makes a living outside the shop as a pediatric nurse, the heart and soul of the Green Light Garage is distinctly Ali’s; and is chiefly reflected in the billboard. Each Sunday she drives down to the shop, drags a ladder and two dog-eared boxes of lettering out of the garage and creates her weekly post. Her sons have affectionately named it, The Motherboard.
ABOUT DENISE STOUGHTON INSPIRED by globe-trotting, day tripping, found objects and high fashion, Denise has been designing home decor for two decades. Originally from the island of Manhattan, she traded concrete and glass skyscrapers for skyscrapers of the deciduous and coniferous variety and now lives happily on Bainbridge Island with her Chihuahua, Tula. Interior Design has and always will be her first love. She studied (and later, taught) at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Denise writes a blog for Mercury Michael and is also a member of AHB’s Public Art Committee – placing public art in public spaces.